5 things to do this weekend including a Life Magazine exhibit and Indigenous Peoples Day film screening

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Happy October! This weekend in Boston is busy, with science festivals, sprawling photography exhibits and poetry readings. This Monday is also Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to reflect on and celebrate the different cultures of the country’s many indigenous tribes. One way to celebrate is to head to the Peabody Essex Museum for a day-long screening of short films about New England’s native history. We have a little something for everyone to do this weekend, below.

Until October 7

This Thursday is the last day to view the “Wilderness” installation, a public art exhibit curated by local artists Crystal Bi Wegner and Dzidzor at the Franklin Park Overlook Ruins. The work invites visitors to write prayers, proverbs and poems on ribbons attached to structures woven from Asian bittersweet vines. It is an interactive exhibition to reflect and dream. On Friday there will be a final spoken word performance by Dzidzor at the Boston University Marsh Chapel.


Until Sunday 9 October

The annual Cambridge Science Festival is back this week and continues until Sunday. The festival is inspired by major film and art festivals and offers more than 250 events, including talks, demonstrations, debates and workshops for all ages. This weekend, you can catch tours of a modular rooftop farm in Boston, an artificial intelligence lab, and lectures on time travel using fossils. This festival is a great opportunity to learn from world-class scientists and researchers, and most events are free.


From Sunday 9 October to Monday 16 January

The fall exhibition at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston offers a unique look into the past. Open to the public on Sunday, the museum will present more than 180 objects from the archives of Life Magazine. The collection includes photos of historic events by photographers like Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Gordon Parks. But there’s more, as works by contemporary artists Alfredo Jaar, Alexandra Bell and Julia Wachtel will be featured alongside archive photos in response. This exhibition centers the contributions of women and explores the biases of the magazine. Timed entrance tickets are required. [Check out all of our fall art exhibition recommendations here.]

Contact sheet with frames from photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt’s Times Square VJ-Day celebrations, 1945. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Saturday Oct. 8-Saturday Nov. 12

Artist Anukriti presents his first-ever large-scale solo exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts. “A Temple for Timeless Beasts” is like a holy place where strange and unconventional characters are the central characters. In Anukriti’s work, new gods are formed in a reinvention of Hinduism. Through painting and sculpture, the artist takes viewers into a world of queer spirituality, inclusion and revolution. “A Temple for Timeless Beasts” also includes a reading corner, where visitors can explore themes related to the exhibit.

How to steal your own city, 2022. Watercolor on paper.  (Courtesy of Anukriti/Boston Center for the Arts)
“How to Steal Your Own City”, 2022. (Courtesy of Anukriti/Boston Center for the Arts)

Monday October 10

Indigenous Peoples Day is this Monday, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on the original inhabitants of the land we live on. The Peabody Essex Museum is celebrating the day by hosting a screening of non-fiction short films on a loop throughout the day. They will screen “First Light,” a film about the Wabanaki people and Maine child welfare workers in the aftermath of government-mandated kidnappings; “Dear Georgina,” which follows a Passamaquoddy elder from Motahkomikuk who discovers her identity after being taken from her family; and “Bounty”, a film about the Phips Proclamation which was used to exterminate Indigenous peoples in what is now New England. Workshops and artist talks will also be held throughout the day at the museum.

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